VANGUARD LP VSD 71119: THE VIRTUOSO LISZT - Earl Wild, piano OOP
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Background on this item -
Royland Earl Wild (November 26, 1915 – January 23, 2010) was an American pianist, renowned as a leading virtuoso of his generation. Harold C. Schonberg called him a "super-virtuoso in the Horowitz class". He was well known for his transcriptions of classical music and jazz and he was a composer.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wild was a musically precocious child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition.

In 1937, Wild was hired as a staff pianist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1939, he became the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television. Wild later recalled that the small studio became so hot under the bright lights that the ivory piano keys started to warp. In 1997 he was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet.

In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. During World War II, Wild served in the United States Navy as a musician. He often travelled with Eleanor Roosevelt while she toured the United States supporting the war effort. Wild's duty was to perform the national anthem on the piano before she spoke. A few years after the war he moved to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a staff pianist, conductor and composer until 1968. He performed many times for the Peabody Mason Concert series in Boston, in 1952, 1968, and 1971 and three concerts of Liszt in 1986. Wild was renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout the United States.

Earl Wild created numerous virtuoso solo piano transcriptions - 14 songs by Rachmaninoff, and works on themes by Gershwin. His Grand Fantasy on Airs from Porgy and Bess, the first extended piano paraphrase on an American opera, was recorded in 1976 and had its concert premiere in Pasadena on December 17, 1977. He also wrote Seven Virtuoso Études on Popular Songs, based on Gershwin songs such as "The Man I Love", "Fascinating Rhythm" and "I Got Rhythm".

He also wrote a number of original works. These included a large-scale Easter oratorio, Revelations (1962), the choral work The Turquoise Horse (1976), and the Doo-Dah Variations, on a theme by Stephen Foster (1992), for piano and orchestra. His Sonata 2000 had its first performance by Bradley Bolen in 2003 and was recorded by Wild for Ivory Classics.

Wild recorded for several labels, including RCA Records, where he recorded an album of Liszt and a collection of music by George Gershwin including "Rhapsody in Blue," "Cuban Overure," "Concerto in F," and "I Got Rhythm Variations," all with the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler. Later in his career, Wild recorded for Ivory Classics.

Wild, who was openly gay, lived in Columbus, Ohio and Palm Springs, California with his domestic partner of 38 years, Michael Rolland Davis. He died aged 94 of congestive heart disease at home in Palm Springs.

Wild's memoirs A Walk on the Wild Side, were published posthumously by Ivory Classics.

VANGUARD  Records LP item - GOLD (BROWN) record labels with BLACK lettering - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in the USA
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: 1964
Record Catalog Number: VSD 71119

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -
Various Composers - see below

Performed by -
EARL WILD, piano

LP Title -
THE VIRTUOSO LISZT

Track listings -
1. Henri Herz: Variations on "Non Piu Mesta" from Rossini's "La Cenerentola"
2. Leopold Godowsky: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from Johann Strauss "Kunsterleben" (Artists's Life)
3. Anton Rubinstein: Etude, Op. 23, No. 2
4. Sigismond Thalberg: "Don Pasquale" Fantasy, Op. 67
5. Johann N. Hummel: Rondo in E flat, Op. 11
6. Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Theme with Variations, Op. 16, No. 3

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The LP jacket is in Very Good plus condition.
The jacket has a 6" seam seam split running along the top seam and a small seam split along the spine - the jacket does show some shelf wear, primarily along the seams and corners.
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is NO hand writing on the front of the jacket, but does have some hand written information written on the back of the jacket (see point above).
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
It retains most of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of. There are a couple of light marks that did not sound on our audio system when play tested.
NO significant spindle marks either - just a couple of light ones.
This is the copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile or collector should be happy with this one!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge.

Please understand that this is a vintage record LP - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Vanguard LP VSD 71119 NM
  • Manufacturer: Vanguard Records
  • Condition: Used

VANGUARD LP VSD 71119: THE VIRTUOSO LISZT - Earl Wild, piano OOP

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